We've discussed the topic of soft skills before in this blog. One of the soft skills that we've discussed is that of communication.
However, communication is so important that we're going to devote an entire blog post to it. This blog post, as a matter of fact!
There are, of course, two main ways that people communicate. They communicate either verbally or non-verbally. Both of these forms of communication pertain to this discussion. That's because people use both in the workplace. They can speak and communicate verbally or they can write and communicate nonverbally. (Non-verbal communication can and does include emails and text messages.)
Below are four things that your communication skills in the workplace affect:
#1 - Your relationships with others
Face it: the relationships that you have with your colleagues and co-workers are important. They often dictate how successful you are in your job, especially if you work on projects or in a team environment.
If you miscommunicate with others, they might view you as a source of confusion and have less faith in your abilities. Not only that, but camaraderie is also important in the workplace, and poor communication skills can get in the way of building such camaraderie.
#2 - Your productivity (and ultimately, your value)
The more and better that you communicate, the more productive you can be. Poor communication and/or miscommunication are obstacles to productivity.
Even if things get done, they don't get done as quickly or as well as they could have. And as we've talked about before, there is a direct correlation between your productivity and your value. The more productive you are, the more valuable you are to your employer.
#3 - Your personal brand
How well you communicate definitely affects your personal brand, or more accurately, how other people brand you in their minds. Ideally, you want everybody to brand you as positively as possible in their minds. Effectively communicating every single time you interact with these people goes a long way toward accomplishing this goal.
#4 - Your chances for advancement (raise and/or promotion)
The first three items on our list lead directly to this one. That's because if you have great relationships with your co-workers, you're very productive (and valuable), and you have a stellar personal brand, then you're in a much better position for advancement within the company.
However, if you don't have any of these things, then you are not in any position for advancement. You're more dispensable than you are indispensable.
In addition to communicating well both verbally and non-verbally, working with a staffing agency is another way to enjoy more career success. Time Staffing's team of qualified staffing specialists offers assistance to job seekers in the light industrial and clerical fields. We prep candidates thoroughly by answering their questions and addressing their concerns.
Take, for instance, this testimonial from a job seeker who found a new job through Time Staffing:
"They keep it fair. They actually listen and do their best to help."
Are you currently engaged in a job search? Then Time Staffing can help!
Contact us today to find out about the employment opportunities that are available in your chosen field.
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